Wednesday, September 29, 2010
"Fish"-ing for dinner: a working mom's dinner solution
How do I prepare the kind of dinner during the week for my family that is the quality of what I cook for my family on the weekend?
Since going back to work last October after Davis was born, this has been an ongoing dilemma for me along with the continuing struggle of keeping a balance between work and parenting.
By 7:30 pm (approximately 20 minutes after I began cooking dinner), with the table set and a sleeping baby, I sat down with my husband to a perfect dinner. It felt like a weekend dinner and we both agreed we needed to pinch ourselves to remember it was Monday night.
Five Spice Fish
*3/4-1 lb of Atlantic Cod (or a similar mild, flaky white fish)
*3 small lemons
*Handful of Kalamata olives (optional)
*Dusting of spice rub (see recipe below) for each piece of fish
*Preheat oven to 385 degrees.
*Coat bottom of medium-sized baking dish with olive oil.
*Place fish in baking dish.
*Drizzle olive oil over the fish and squeeze the juice of two fresh lemons over the fish.
*Sprinkle the Five Spice Rub (see recipe below) on the fish. You only need a little to lightly dust the top of the fish.
*Cut the third lemon into thin slices and place on top of the fish.
*Add the kalamata olives to the baking dish (optional).
*Bake for 17-20 minutes or until cooked through.
Five Spice Rub Ingredients
(makes enough for you to store long-term in a sealed jar or container)
*1 tablespoon dried Rosemary
*1 tablespoon dried sage
*1 tablespoon garlic powder
*1 tablespoon dried, crushed oregano
*1 tablespoon dried red pepper flakes
*Mix with a fork and store in a glass jar for continual use.